Following a lengthy delay, Nintendo finally launched their online subscription service last September. The Nintendo Switch Online service has been met with mixed reviews from fans as many expected more content by this point in its life. Nintendo’s planning to bring more features to the service in the future, but in the meantime, it’s still doing a surprisingly good job of attracting paying members.
Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa just met with shareholders and gave a presentation on the company’s performance over the past nine months. During the presentation, he announced that Nintendo Switch Online now has over 8 million paying subscribers, which does not include free trial members. Given that Switch has sold over 32 million units, we know that around 25% of Switch owners are paying for the online service.
During the presentation Furukawa again promised to enhance the system, citing “More Games. More Features. More Fun” as his vision for Nintendo Switch Online. It’s unclear what sort of features he’s planning, but we know that data miners have unearthed a list of Super Nintendo games in Switch Online’s code. We’ve also heard reports from Japanese publication Nikkei that Nintendo’s planning new features aimed at core gamers.